This production is spellbinding and its momentum stays with me occupying my thoughts, whirring like the revolving stage. The text, finalised by Lorraine Hansberry's former husband and literary executor Robert Nemiroff, would bear much further study to grasp all its themes and nuances. Written from her viewpoint in the 1960s by American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, the original person to be described as "young, gifted and black", her unfinished play Les Blancs, examines an unnamed African country on the brink of revolution and independence from colonial rule. Lorraine Hansberry was in her mid thirties when she tragically died of pancreatic cancer.
Continue Reading REVIEW: Les Blancs, Olivier National Theatre (2016)
When I think back to the days of the 1997 Globe, I can see how far they have come and how adventurous the productions have become in this traditional space. But Lucy Bailey's Macbeth is the most innovative visually I have seen there.
Continue Reading REVIEW: Macbeth at the Globe Theatre (2010)